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Water Well Represented in Government of Canada's Canada Research Chairs

Posted on February 9, 2016
On February 9th, the Government of Canada announced 305 newly appointed and renewed Canada Research Chairs from a range of fields and disciplines, including water research. The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, made the announcement while visiting The University of British Columbia. “I’d like to extend my sincere congratulations to the latest new and renewed Canada Research Chairs. The Government of Canada is proud to support these elite researchers who improve our depth of knowledge, strengthen Canada's international competitiveness, and help train the next generation of our highly skilled workforce,” said Duncan. New [...]

Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA) Awards Two Water Projects

Posted on February 8, 2016
The Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA) held its annual awards event on January 28 to recognize outstanding individuals, groups, and organizations representing the best in the public works profession. R.V. Anderson Associates won two awards for water-related projects in Niagara Region and the City of Greater Sudbury. The Dominion Road Sewage Pumping Station and Force Main project garnered an award in the "$2 million-$10 million" category. R.V. Anderson Associates provided project management, design, and engineering services to the client, Niagara Region. The $8-million project replaced the existing sewage pumping station [...]

2015 LEED Numbers Show Steady Growth in Green Building

Posted on February 8, 2016
Across Canada, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification system is becoming the most widely accepted standard for high efficiency and environmentally responsible design. In 2015, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) saw a steady increase in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications, a result of green building’s growing impact as one of the most effective solutions to climate change. A total of 527 LEED projects certified between January 1 and December 31, bringing the grand total of certified projects in Canada to 2,576—a total of 34,054,312 million square meters of [...]

Action Canada Makes Recommendations For Groundwater Management

Posted on February 7, 2016
One third of the residents in Ontario, everyone in PEI, and 80 per cent of rural residents in Canada depend on groundwater for their daily personal use, yet very little data is recorded on groundwater supply, or its depletion. In a new report entitled,"Our Groundwater, Our Future – From Data to Innovation," Action Canada makes recommendations for municipal, provincial and territorial, and federal governments to reduce the uncertainty of groundwater supplies and achieve coordinated action in order to sustainably manage the resource. The recommendations target the specific actions necessary to establish a national regulatory framework [...]

Flint's Water Crisis

Posted on February 3, 2016
News outlets have recently picked up on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. However, residents in Flint have been living without a safe and reliable water supply for almost two years. Here is what we know so far. [...]

Early-Stage Clean-Tech Firms Get A Shot At $100M At GLOBE 2016

Posted on February 1, 2016
Clean-tech firms with early-stage technologies that could be used in the oil and gas industry have a chance to pitch their goods in a Dragon's Den-style pitch session on Thursday, March 3 during GLOBE 2016, in Vancouver. The pitch session is hosted by Evok Innovations—a new partnership between Cenovus and Suncor and the BC Cleantech CEO Alliance that aims to accelerate the development and commercialization of solutions to the most pressing environmental and economic challenges. Evok Innovations was launched in early 2016. Among its missions and goals, Evok Innovations will invest in technologies to "eliminate the need for water [...]

Hamilton Watershed Group Seeks $86 Thousand From City Council

Posted on February 1, 2016
The Stewards of the Cootes Watershed group are asking the City of Hamilton for $86 thousand to help carry out their shoreline cleanup and conservation activities. The $86 thousands represents less than a quarter of the funding needed to run two programs simultaneously, based on and estimate $110,000 in "sweat equity" of volunteers and $117K raised through grants and donations. The community group focuses its efforts on one section at a time, sometimes returning more than 20 times to ensure a section has become pristine. After that, the group assigns stewards that dedicate 90 minutes every month to maintaining and monitoring the area. The [...]

Greater Toronto Area Municipalities Band Together To Defend Peel Region's Fluoride Use

Posted on January 26, 2016
The Mayors of Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon are calling on Region of Peel Council to maintain the fluoride that is currently added to drinking water during treatment. This united front follows a January 21, 2016 special Peel Regional Council education session held to study the water fluoridation issue. Each mayor believes Peel Region should host a series of public consultations to further engage and inform residents from the three area municipalities about the benefits of fluoride and the risks associated with eliminating it. Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie said, “Regardless of income, education or employment, residents [...]

FCM Announces 2016 Sustainable Communities Award Recipient for Water

Posted on January 21, 2016
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) announced the recipients of the 2016 Sustainable Communities Awards, showcasing the very best in local environmental practices, including water management. The awards acknowledge Canada's municipalities as drivers of innovation, delivering local actions that lead to national results. Municipalities were recognized for delivering innovative solutions in the following six categories: brownfields, energy, neighbourhood development, transportation, waste, and water. This year, award-winning projects include an odour-free facility to turn wastewater into high-quality reclaimed water and class-A [...]

IJC Reports Success in Preserving Great Lakes Water Supply

Posted on January 20, 2016
The International Joint Commission (IJC) released a report this week summarizing the progress made to fulfill the recommendations of a 2000 commissions study on the protection of the waters of the Great Lakes from potentially harmful consumptive uses and diversions. The report found that federal, state and provincial governments in the Great Lakes Basin are making enormous strides towards protecting the Great Lakes from water diversions and managing consumptive uses, and that policy gaps identified by in 2000 have been largely filled. The new report noted that ongoing management and additional scientific advances will be required [...]
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